| Aug 2, 2013
STRATFORD, Ontario — William Shakespeare, patron saint of the venerable Stratford Festival of Canada, is an unimpeachable source on most matters: love, leadership, the meaning of life. But when it came to the House of Tudor, his personal ethics...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:27 PM
The year 2012, as Queen Elizabeth II might have said, was quite the annus horribilis on Broadway. Especially after the leaves started to turn.
Consider the less-than-regal disappointments. "The Anarchist," the polemical new play by David Mamet, closed...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:00 PM
NEW YORK - No smart kid likes condescension. And any halfway clever mum or dad quickly figures out that the way to get a willful child, and they must all be willful, to love something is to pretend that they really should not like it all. That is, to a...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 10:57 AM
Chicago is, above all, known as a tryout town, an experimental city, a boundary crosser. It's world-premiere central, a Midwestern citadel of new and daring works of live performance.
Any theater lover in these parts should have a taste for adventure....
| Feb 15, 2012
| 11:12 PM
Deep in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a weaver named Nick Bottom, the kind of ordinary, clumsy, clueless, overweight, middle-age, Cubs-and-Old Style-loving guy who can get his head transformed into that of an ass without really noticing the change,...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 10:50 PM
Had Simon Callow arrived in lawless Chicago a century or more ago, like one of those famous traveling British Shakespeareans of yore, proudly proselytizing for the Bard amid the stockyards and the hookers of the Levee, his "Being Shakespeare" would likely...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Most directors who set themselves the task of boiling down William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to a mere hour of theatrical traffic would find themselves writhing in agony at what to leave out. Not Sean Graney, who must always sleep well at night.
| Dec 9, 2011
When faced with a dark night of the soul, the powerful often seek the sustenance of subordinates. Such juicy, on-the-cusp moments — real or merely possible — are hard for playwrights to resist. Thus just as "Nixon's Nixon" memorably imagined...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 6:52 AM
"Shrek The Musical" is to be Chicago Shakespeare Theater's summer musical on Navy Pier, and Rachel Rockwell is to direct.
Summer shows on Navy Pier typically have abbreviated run times and a mix of daytime and evening performances. Run dates are July 13...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 2:16 PM
Not only do they have to put up with unknowing and uncaring Muggles at every turn, but hard-core Harry Potter fans are now, alas, out of new books to anticipate. So in the absence of a costly trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal...
| May 8, 2014
At an event in Chicago last week, actor Kevin Spacey remarked that some fans of "House of Cards" seem to think his character's affinity for direct address exploits a device originated by "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," even though William Shakespeare's...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 3:06 PM
It didn't start with Twitter — and it won't end with Weiner.
For centuries, the theme of sexual sins committed by the powerful has been scintillating source material for the arts. In poems and plays, in novels and films and TV series, artists...